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@heathergallagher.photography

heathergallagher.photography
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〰️ Blackberry’s Labor 〰️
Yes, I documented a pig birth ( well, technically the labor and a pig fresh48 😂- those piglets came fast!!) and yes, it was just as incredible as any human birth I’ve attended. 
All three ladies here are so amazing. BlackBerry, the laboring momma, Brittany, the human, organic farmer and Savannah, Blackberrys best friend and the best pig doula ever. Ps. Check her out pretending to be a photographer! 💔🙌🏼
Like any laboring mother, Blackberry constantly adjusts to find the most comfortable position and location, she grunts and moans while her contractions move thru her, pushing her babies further down the birth canal and signals when she needs more support and makes it known when she has intuitively got this. She grazes and drinks to maintain her energy and prepares her nest for her children. 
I know this might be a weird or controversial segue for some but here’s the truth: all of these piglets will be sold for either breeding or meat. I am a meat eater and admit to being willfully ignorant about where my meat and frankly where most of the food I eat comes from.  But after getting to know this family who dedicate their lives to raising truly happy animals who are completely hormone, antibiotic and stress free and who are given this much love and space in their pre destined, purpose filled lives, I am changed. I really care about where my meat comes from and have so much respect for my local farmer and these beautiful creatures. 
If you’re local to Austin or the surrounding area and want info on how you can purchase some of the highest quality meat and support this wonderful family, please please contact @kelbyranch 
More images coming soon!
Ps. I respect all people and opinions but please keep all comments on point & respectful. ✌🏼🐷💕
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #pigsofinstagram #igpigs #labor #doula #birthsupport #meetyourfarmer #organicmeat #sustainablefarming #pastureraised #pastureraisedpigs #organicfarmer #familyfarm #eatlocal #shoplocal #womensupportingwomen #womenfarmers #farmkid #badassmotherbirther #knowyourmeat #themoreyouknow #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #farrowing
8 126 15 hours ago
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〰️ blackberry’s labor 〰️
yes, i documented a pig birth ( well, technically the labor and a pig fresh48 😂- those piglets came fast!!) and yes, it was just as incredible as any human birth i’ve attended.
all three ladies here are so amazing. blackberry, the laboring momma, brittany, the human, organic farmer and savannah, blackberrys best friend and the best pig doula ever. ps. check her out pretending to be a photographer! 💔🙌🏼
like any laboring mother, blackberry constantly adjusts to find the most comfortable position and location, she grunts and moans while her contractions move thru her, pushing her babies further down the birth canal and signals when she needs more support and makes it known when she has intuitively got this. she grazes and drinks to maintain her energy and prepares her nest for her children.
i know this might be a weird or controversial segue for some but here’s the truth: all of these piglets will be sold for either breeding or meat. i am a meat eater and admit to being willfully ignorant about where my meat and frankly where most of the food i eat comes from. but after getting to know this family who dedicate their lives to raising truly happy animals who are completely hormone, antibiotic and stress free and who are given this much love and space in their pre destined, purpose filled lives, i am changed. i really care about where my meat comes from and have so much respect for my local farmer and these beautiful creatures.
if you’re local to austin or the surrounding area and want info on how you can purchase some of the highest quality meat and support this wonderful family, please please contact @kelbyranch
more images coming soon!
ps. i respect all people and opinions but please keep all comments on point & respectful. ✌🏼🐷💕
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #pigsofinstagram #igpigs #labor #doula #birthsupport #meetyourfarmer #organicmeat #sustainablefarming #pastureraised #pastureraisedpigs #organicfarmer #familyfarm #eatlocal #shoplocal #womensupportingwomen #womenfarmers #farmkid #badassmotherbirther #knowyourmeat #themoreyouknow #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #farrowing

@minnesotapork

minnesotapork
Hi friends! This baby piglet was born 10 days ago and is staying super warm under the heat light above him.
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Sows prefer a cooler environment after farrowing - around 65 degrees - where piglets like to be a lot warmer in 80-85 degrees.
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Farrowing stalls allow for the piglets and the sow (momma pig) to be kept together while simultaneously keeping all of them at the most comfortable temperature.
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#mnpork #mneats #eatthis #knowyourfarmer #meatofthenorth #porkrules #pigfarmer #onlyinMN #farrowing #piglets #ohhellothere #pigfarming #sowandpiglets #babypig
1 71 2 days ago
Hi friends! this baby piglet was born 10 days ago and is staying super warm under the heat light above him.

sows prefer a cooler environment after farrowing - around 65 degrees - where piglets like to be a lot warmer in 80-85 degrees.

farrowing stalls allow for the piglets and the sow (momma pig) to be kept together while simultaneously keeping all of them at the most comfortable temperature.

#mnpork #mneats #eatthis #knowyourfarmer #meatofthenorth #porkrules #pigfarmer #onlyinmn #farrowing #piglets #ohhellothere #pigfarming #sowandpiglets #babypig

@mamapeaceaustin

mamapeaceaustin
My girl @heathergallagher.photography is beyond amazing. She documented this incredible pig birth! Taking her super powers to all all mamas and babies! ・・・
The piglets are here! 🐷💕
If you’ve been following my instastories, you’ll know I’ve been documenting Blackberrys labor and birth. 
Everyday my job is really amazing but today takes the cake, guys. 
More to come of this beautiful momma and her 8 babies! Ps. Check out that placenta! 😍
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinbirthphotographer #atxbirthphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #farrowing #pigbirth #sow #farmlife #kelbyranch #pigdoula #doula #farmgirl #birthbecomesher #badassmotherbirther #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #pigsofinstagram #pig #familypig #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #rockstarbirthmagazine #meetyourfarmer #placenta #afterbirth #piglitter #litter #piglets
5 49 3 days ago
My girl @heathergallagher.photography is beyond amazing. she documented this incredible pig birth! taking her super powers to all all mamas and babies! ・・・
the piglets are here! 🐷💕
if you’ve been following my instastories, you’ll know i’ve been documenting blackberrys labor and birth.
everyday my job is really amazing but today takes the cake, guys.
more to come of this beautiful momma and her 8 babies! ps. check out that placenta! 😍
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinbirthphotographer #atxbirthphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #farrowing #pigbirth #sow #farmlife #kelbyranch #pigdoula #doula #farmgirl #birthbecomesher #badassmotherbirther #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #pigsofinstagram #pig #familypig #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #rockstarbirthmagazine #meetyourfarmer #placenta #afterbirth #piglitter #litter #piglets

@heathergallagher.photography

heathergallagher.photography
The piglets are here! 🐷💕
If you’ve been following my instastories, you’ll know I’ve been documenting Blackberrys labor and birth. 
Everyday my job is really amazing but today takes the cake, guys. 
More to come of this beautiful momma and her 8 babies! Ps. Check out that placenta! 😍
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinbirthphotographer #atxbirthphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #farrowing #pigbirth #sow #farmlife #kelbyranch #pigdoula #doula #farmgirl #birthbecomesher #badassmotherbirther #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #pigsofinstagram #pig #familypig #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #rockstarbirthmagazine #meetyourfarmer #placenta #afterbirth #piglitter #litter #piglets #humanefarming
56 603 3 days ago
The piglets are here! 🐷💕
if you’ve been following my instastories, you’ll know i’ve been documenting blackberrys labor and birth.
everyday my job is really amazing but today takes the cake, guys.
more to come of this beautiful momma and her 8 babies! ps. check out that placenta! 😍
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinbirthphotographer #atxbirthphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #farrowing #pigbirth #sow #farmlife #kelbyranch #pigdoula #doula #farmgirl #birthbecomesher #badassmotherbirther #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #pigsofinstagram #pig #familypig #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #rockstarbirthmagazine #meetyourfarmer #placenta #afterbirth #piglitter #litter #piglets #humanefarming

@heathergallagher.photography

heathergallagher.photography
Those of you following my instastories know that I’m currently documenting a mama pig who is farrowing (in labor) and I couldn’t be more excited!
Blackberry is a 1 year old sow and the best friend to my muse Savannah, an amazing 7 year old farm girl I met over a year ago and have had the pleasure of getting to know and photograph several times. She is the real life girl version of Huck Finn. 
Here, Savannah attends to Blackberry while in labor, making sure she is comfortable and feels safe and checks her for vaginal discharge. 
Currently, labor is stalled but I am in contact with Savannah’s mom and am just a text message away to documenting the birth of upwards of 16 piglets! Stay tuned y’all. So exciting!! 🤗🐷💕
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinbirthphotographer #atxbirthphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #farrowing #pigbirth #sow #farmlife #kelbyranch #pigdoula #doula #huckfinn #muse #farmgirl #birthbecomesher #badassmotherbirther #love #laborsupport #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #pigsofinstagram #pig #familypig #bffs #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #rockstarbirthmagazine #meetyourfarmer
23 136 4 days ago
Those of you following my instastories know that i’m currently documenting a mama pig who is farrowing (in labor) and i couldn’t be more excited!
blackberry is a 1 year old sow and the best friend to my muse savannah, an amazing 7 year old farm girl i met over a year ago and have had the pleasure of getting to know and photograph several times. she is the real life girl version of huck finn.
here, savannah attends to blackberry while in labor, making sure she is comfortable and feels safe and checks her for vaginal discharge.
currently, labor is stalled but i am in contact with savannah’s mom and am just a text message away to documenting the birth of upwards of 16 piglets! stay tuned y’all. so exciting!! 🤗🐷💕
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#heathergallagherphotography #austinbirthphotographer #atxbirthphotographer #birthphotography #birthphotographer #farrowing #pigbirth #sow #farmlife #kelbyranch #pigdoula #doula #huckfinn #muse #farmgirl #birthbecomesher #badassmotherbirther #love #laborsupport #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #pigsofinstagram #pig #familypig #bffs #birthisbeautiful #thebirthfemmes #rockstarbirthmagazine #meetyourfarmer

@kelbyranch

kelbyranch
Waiting in labor and delivery 👩🏼‍⚕️🏩
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All the women...
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#pigletwatch2018
#kelbyranch #farmlife #farmher #familyfarm #farrowing #pigs #piglets #waitingonbaby #farmbabies
Sharing with @the_red_barn_farm For #❤️myfarm
14 157 4 days ago
Waiting in labor and delivery 👩🏼‍⚕️🏩
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all the women...
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#pigletwatch2018 #kelbyranch #farmlife #farmher #familyfarm #farrowing #pigs #piglets #waitingonbaby #farmbabies sharing with @the_red_barn_farm for #❤️myfarm

@kelbyranch

kelbyranch
We are in the home stretch!!! NESTING has begun 🙌🏻🎉🐷
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The piglets should come at some point today. From this photo, you can tell that she is not exactly thrilled with this process! 😬😜
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I'm posting all the action in my stories. So make sure to check it out! .
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#kelbyranch #nesting #piglets #farmlife #finally #herewego #laboranddelivery #pigletscomingsoon #pigletpalooza #pigletparadise #blackberry #farrowing #countrysideandfarmlife  #texasfarmsandranches #texasfarm #austintx #austinbirth #pigletwatch2018
Sharing with @the_red_barn_farm For #❤️myfarm
28 161 4 days ago
We are in the home stretch!!! nesting has begun 🙌🏻🎉🐷
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the piglets should come at some point today. from this photo, you can tell that she is not exactly thrilled with this process! 😬😜
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i'm posting all the action in my stories. so make sure to check it out! .
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#kelbyranch #nesting #piglets #farmlife #finally #herewego #laboranddelivery #pigletscomingsoon #pigletpalooza #pigletparadise #blackberry #farrowing #countrysideandfarmlife #texasfarmsandranches #texasfarm #austintx #austinbirth #pigletwatch2018 sharing with @the_red_barn_farm for #❤️myfarm

@faith_and_farms

faith_and_farms
Sally recently had 5 piglets and all are doing well! .
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#kunekune #kunekunepigs #piglets #farrowing #tacomafarmlife #faithandfarms
0 5 6 days ago
Sally recently had 5 piglets and all are doing well! .
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#kunekune #kunekunepigs #piglets #farrowing #tacomafarmlife #faithandfarms

@makerslongacres

makerslongacres
Briar is in the birthing barn. This girl has rocked all her labors! She once had six piglets birthed, cleaned up and zooming around all within twenty minutes. Hopefully this time goes well also! Our girls are given choice to farrow on the pasture or the barn. We let them out of the pasture and leave a stall door open-most of the time they go in, make a big nest and lay down. In the barn they know they will have their own private servants, a midwife on staff, yummy meals delivered, fluffy bedding changed often and a security guard! Why wouldn't they pick the birthing barn? For all but a few they were also born in a birthing barn so it's very
2 17 1 weeks ago
Briar is in the birthing barn. this girl has rocked all her labors! she once had six piglets birthed, cleaned up and zooming around all within twenty minutes. hopefully this time goes well also! our girls are given choice to farrow on the pasture or the barn. we let them out of the pasture and leave a stall door open-most of the time they go in, make a big nest and lay down. in the barn they know they will have their own private servants, a midwife on staff, yummy meals delivered, fluffy bedding changed often and a security guard! why wouldn't they pick the birthing barn? for all but a few they were also born in a birthing barn so it's very "natural" for them. if they choose to farrow on pasture instead we let them as often as possible. predators and weather don't always allow for pasture births. even when they choose the pasture we stay handy and available in the event they need us. their welfare and a stress free life are cornerstones and all decisions are built upon creating the best life possible for them while under our care. just love those pigs!
#iowanswabianhall #russianboar #chinesemeishan #mangalitsa #freefarrow #nofarrowingcrates #instincts #farrowing #piglets

@kelbyranch

kelbyranch
TADA! We are ready for piglets! Can you guess how many Blackberry will have? 
Put your number in the comments, I'll try to come up with something fun for the winner! .
#pigletwatch2018 .
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#kelbyranch #farmlife #piglets #guesshowmany #pigfarmer #farrowing #MommaPig #pig #pigsofinstagram #babypigs #birthplan #gettingreadyforbaby #farmher #familyfarm #heritagehogs #pastureraised
Playing #❤️myfarm with @the_red_barn_farm and @the_teenage_homesteader
58 122 2 weeks ago
Tada! we are ready for piglets! can you guess how many blackberry will have?
put your number in the comments, i'll try to come up with something fun for the winner! .
#pigletwatch2018 .
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#kelbyranch #farmlife #piglets #guesshowmany #pigfarmer #farrowing #mommapig #pig #pigsofinstagram #babypigs #birthplan #gettingreadyforbaby #farmher #familyfarm #heritagehogs #pastureraised playing #❤️myfarm with @the_red_barn_farm and @the_teenage_homesteader

@localcoolingfarms

localcoolingfarms
I believe the name of Large Black breed of pigs (yes that is actually the name of a breed, how creative) should officially be changed to Emo Ears. More descriptive AND more creative. 😉 Whose with me? 😂
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These Emo Ears mamas are enjoying life piglet free (since they’ve been weaned) and with views of the cattle and goats. 👌
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#emoears #lookmeintheeyes #largeblack #largeblackhogs #heritagebreeds #farrowing #farrowtofinish #pigsinthewoods #woods #forest #forestfedpork #farmanimals #piggy #pig #pigstagram #pigsofig #farmpigs #pigsofinstagram #piglife #instapig #oinkers #sustainablefarming #regenerativeagriculture #sustainableagriculture #iamcountryside #pigfarming #farm365 #farmlife #lifeouthere #countrylife
1 94 2 weeks ago
I believe the name of large black breed of pigs (yes that is actually the name of a breed, how creative) should officially be changed to emo ears. more descriptive and more creative. 😉 whose with me? 😂
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these emo ears mamas are enjoying life piglet free (since they’ve been weaned) and with views of the cattle and goats. 👌
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#emoears #lookmeintheeyes #largeblack #largeblackhogs #heritagebreeds #farrowing #farrowtofinish #pigsinthewoods #woods #forest #forestfedpork #farmanimals #piggy #pig #pigstagram #pigsofig #farmpigs #pigsofinstagram #piglife #instapig #oinkers #sustainablefarming #regenerativeagriculture #sustainableagriculture #iamcountryside #pigfarming #farm365 #farmlife #lifeouthere #countrylife

@ethicalmeatsfarms

ethicalmeatsfarms
The first of 5 litters due this week! 😍 Peppa has done a great job so far, she's a first time mumma. 11 piglets in total, I just got excited and shared this a bit early. Snout (the Berkshire) is very excited and keeps checking in on her, too. It's so wonderful to see these incredible creatures do their thing in a comfortable, natural environment. .
#happypigs #freerangepigs #freerangefarming #farrowing #peppapig #kindfoodrevolution #ethicalmeatswidebay #ethicalmeatsno
1 12 3 weeks ago
The first of 5 litters due this week! 😍 peppa has done a great job so far, she's a first time mumma. 11 piglets in total, i just got excited and shared this a bit early. snout (the berkshire) is very excited and keeps checking in on her, too. it's so wonderful to see these incredible creatures do their thing in a comfortable, natural environment. .
#happypigs #freerangepigs #freerangefarming #farrowing #peppapig #kindfoodrevolution #ethicalmeatswidebay #ethicalmeatsno

@farmherdesigns

farmherdesigns
Momma and 4 babies are doing great!
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Sister is inside getting some tlc.🐷❤️
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#farmherdesigns #kunekunepiglets #farrowing #farrowingseason2018 #kunekune #pig #minifarm #urbanfarm #urbanfarmgirl #tacomafarmlife
1 26 3 weeks ago
Momma and 4 babies are doing great!
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sister is inside getting some tlc.🐷❤️
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#farmherdesigns #kunekunepiglets #farrowing #farrowingseason2018 #kunekune #pig #minifarm #urbanfarm #urbanfarmgirl #tacomafarmlife

@herbinbackyards

herbinbackyards
Yes, we are a chicken company but when you have piglets it’s a game changer!!!
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#newlife #piglets #kunekune #farrowing #tacomafarmlife
8 120 3 weeks ago
Yes, we are a chicken company but when you have piglets it’s a game changer!!!
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#newlife #piglets #kunekune #farrowing #tacomafarmlife

@localcoolingfarms

localcoolingfarms
Pretty sweet little scene, huh? 🐷💕
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The reality is that we let this first time mom farrow with her older sister (they had their litters two days apart) and she is hardly nursing, has barely any milk and is generally way less attentive to them. Pretty sure the piglets all think the other piggy is their mom and this one is an extra milk bar *if* she’s remotely feeling like nursing. Most of the time I see all 12 nursing on the other sow.
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So... likely on the cull list for this piggy. As we’re building up our herd we’re in cull-heavy mode. We have lots of great gilts to choose from in our spring litters, so we can afford to pick the moms with only the best traits. Years down the road we will be very grateful for good genes and good mothering skills. 👌
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#mamapig #mama #sow #herd #piglets #gilt #farmlife #farm #farming #heritagebreeds #farrowing #farrowtofinish #babyanimals #farmanimals #tinypig #cutepig #piggy #pig #pigstagram #pigsofig #farmpigs #pigsofinstagram #piglife #instapig #oinkers #baconseeds #sustainablefarming #regenerativeagriculture #sustainableagriculture #iamcountryside
1 134 3 weeks ago
Pretty sweet little scene, huh? 🐷💕
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the reality is that we let this first time mom farrow with her older sister (they had their litters two days apart) and she is hardly nursing, has barely any milk and is generally way less attentive to them. pretty sure the piglets all think the other piggy is their mom and this one is an extra milk bar *if* she’s remotely feeling like nursing. most of the time i see all 12 nursing on the other sow.
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so... likely on the cull list for this piggy. as we’re building up our herd we’re in cull-heavy mode. we have lots of great gilts to choose from in our spring litters, so we can afford to pick the moms with only the best traits. years down the road we will be very grateful for good genes and good mothering skills. 👌
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#mamapig #mama #sow #herd #piglets #gilt #farmlife #farm #farming #heritagebreeds #farrowing #farrowtofinish #babyanimals #farmanimals #tinypig #cutepig #piggy #pig #pigstagram #pigsofig #farmpigs #pigsofinstagram #piglife #instapig #oinkers #baconseeds #sustainablefarming #regenerativeagriculture #sustainableagriculture #iamcountryside